Update on the Gerrard and Carlaw 'Transit-Oriented Community'

I've been pressing the province and developer to add affordable housing and public realm improvements to the planned 'Transit-Oriented Community' for Gerrard-Carlaw North, around the future Gerrard Station on the Ontario Line.

Update: I launched a petition calling for affordable housing at the Gerrard-Carlaw North 'Transit-Oriented Community'.

A 'Transit-Oriented Community' (TOC) is a business arrangement between Infrastructure Ontario and a private developer to increase density around future transit stations. Such an arrangement has been proposed for Gerrard-Carlaw North, around the future Gerrard Station on the Ontario Line.

These would normally be dealt with through the city's planning process, but the province's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing has the final approval over TOC projects and any agreements the city is able to secure are also subject to concurrence of the Province.

Many of you also shared your concerns with road safety, increased traffic and increased pressure on Matty Eckler Recreation Centre and playground at recent public consultation sessions.

The city has released a report that will be reviewed at an upcoming meeting of the Toronto and East York Community Council. It provides an update on the program and includes preliminary planning comments, outstanding issues, opportunities to secure city priorities and a summary of feedback received by the City and Infrastructure Ontario through the public engagement process.

You can read the report here.

I am disappointed that no commitment to include affordable housing has been made. I will be pushing the Province and ChoiceREIT to include this. If you wish to add your voice to this you can go to the item and click 'Submit Comments.'

Sign the petition and learn more about transit projects and issues here.

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